Entertainment Hive 2017

Rio 2

Review by Honey B

Director: Carlos Saldanha Voice Cast: Anne Hathaway, wil.i.am, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth Synopsis: It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in Rio 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. Verdict: Rio 2 is a colourful, energetic and musical follow-up to the 2011 hit about the blue macaws of South America. With little back-story to the original film, this movie sees Jewel trying to teach her babies a more natural way of life, while Blu is quite happy to flip pancakes for the domesticated young birds. Life is turned on its head for Blu when his owner Linda (Leslie Mann) and her husband Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) find a rare flock of blue macaws. The feathered family decide to travel from the bright lights of the city to the jungle to find more of their kind - toucan Rafael (George Lopez), rapping cardinal, Pedro (will.i.am) and canary Nico (Jamie Foxx) fly along for the ride. Jewel is thrilled to find her strong and proud father Eduardo (Andy Garcia), along with her childhood friend, the smooth operator Roberto (Bruno Mars). Blu is outclassed in every way by his father-in-law and Roberto and here in the jungle his human tools - GPS and electric toothbrush - are laughed at. But this flick isn't all about the macaws, there are plenty of sub-plots swirling around including Nigel the cockatoo's (Jemaine Clement) plan for revenge on Blu. Nigel and his deliciously delirious loved-up pink, poisonous frog friend Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) are simply fabulous and they add some much-needed flare to the proceedings. This film truly shines when it comes to big musical numbers and it certainly has the spirit of Rio's Carnevale. There's also a bit of a dark side to this movie with the areas of de-forestation being explored by nasty humans. But Blu battles these loggers and proves there is a place for his kind of blue macaw in the forest. This colourful, bold CG flick is one bright Brazilian party from beginning to end.
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